Summary: What if we start getting intentional about what we’re doing—and why we’re doing it? God has plenty to teach us about creating goodness out of chaos.
Our jam-packed lives can feel like a wall of noise. Instead of living from a place of rest and purpose, we’re constantly putting out fires and powering through one more day. But what if we stop to rethink the rhythms in our life? What if we start getting intentional about what we’re doing—and why we’re doing it? God has plenty to teach us about creating goodness out of chaos. So we’re spending four weeks learning to carve sweet, freedom-bringing rhythm from everyday noise.
We can learn much about our Creator by looking at Creation. Notice how many things in nature are rhythmic...
Revolving of earth for seasons
Rotation on the earths axis for night and day
We all sleep like clockwork for a set period of time everyday
Women having a certain unfortunate rhythm every month
Birth and death of all that is created, whether plant or animal
The hope of a new Bengals season which is rhythmically crushed
1) Embracing Extremes
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
If everything we know in the world operates this way then we should operate this way.
the bigger your mission or purpose, the bigger your play....built-in to your rhythms.
No one multi-tasks. We toggle. It is neurologically impossible to listen to someone on the phone and type an email. It is familially impossible to build into your children while you are preparing for a presentation. It is spiritually impossible to build into yourself if you are only productive or you only rest.
Less than half the people I’ve interviewed would say they work around the clock out of fear, and more than half would say they do it out of habit. We use work to numb out. We can’t turn off our machines because we’re afraid we’re going to miss something. Exhaustion is Not a Status Symbol by Lillian Cunningham in Washington Post’s On Leadership section
Our their fear is: If I really stopped and let myself relax, I would crater. Because the truth is I’m exhausted, I’m disconnected from my spouse, kids, girlfriend and friends. We fear that if I let off the gas the wheels will come off.
Today it’s a mark of honor to say you’re busy. “How are you today?” “Ugh, just busy.” We even feel guilty when we tell people we have rhythms where we intentionally do nothing.
Mark 2:13- Jesus is along at the lake before teaching
Mark 3:7- Jesus withdraws with his disciples
Mark 3:13- Jesus goes up the mountainside and calls his disciples
Mark 4:35- Jesus leaves the crowds by getting into a boat
Mark 5:1- Jesus at the lake/hillside
Mark 5:21- Jesus crosses the lake to the other side again
Mark 6:45-46- Jesus sends his disciples ahead, dismisses the crowd, and goes up a mountain to pray
2) Scheduling Values
We must pin what we want to places in our schedule. When I was young the culture helped us to rest. You couldn't find a store open on Sundays. In our suburban part of Pittsburgh in the 70s there were only two places you could eat. It was e only time my parents went to a bar.